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  1. skippyg's Avatar
    I hate that I cant use any gps tracking apps to track my walks or runs with the dogs. I dont use an armband (might have to try it out, although in my neighborhood not too sure id like to show it off), so when its in my pocket it doesnt get gps signal at all so half my trips arent even accurate. Never had this issue with my Note3 ir SGS3. Its got pretty poor gps even when driving using Maps. (Its directly under the windshield on a mount and cant track me well)

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-03-2015 04:40 PM
  2. cross157's Avatar
    My phone had this same gps issue. I had to take it apart and bend a contact up that wasn't making good, solid connection. It fixed the problem, but I voided the warranty in the process so my method is not for everyone.
    I'd like more details on this as well
    04-06-2015 01:12 PM
  3. muzzy996's Avatar
    I love this damned phone so much and 95% of the time I never use GPS so it's not a major issue for me.... HOWEVER for the times when navigation is critical like on vacation in unfamiliar territory the device fails me consistently which makes me want to throw it out of the car window...

    I found my compass needed calibration which I did. It improved speed of acquiring satellites but accuracy and dropouts are still an issue. About to return home from vacation and won't need navigation for months but I intend to buy a Bluetooth GPS receiver for the phone to serve my needs during travel in the future. I'm sure placing a higher accuracy GPS receiver with GLONASS support will do much better than the compact receiver in this phone. Should help battery life while navigating too... Its just another device to charge and carry though, which sucks.

    Sent from my SM-P900 using Tapatalk
    04-06-2015 02:09 PM
  4. juliesdroidsync's Avatar
    I used my GPS today, and it worked perfectly. The sky was even very overcast, although that is not supposed to make a difference anyway I don't think... I do have it set to high accuracy. I do not see a trend, either. I had a note 3 that I took on many long road trips, and it worked just fine and seems to work just the same as my Note 4. So far so good!

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-06-2015 07:17 PM
  5. natehoy's Avatar
    Mine will still occasionally glitch. I have found that I can "speed up" the problem by using the quick settings pull down to turn location services off and back on quickly, but it isn't happening nearly as often after the factory reset.
    04-07-2015 07:56 AM
  6. robor007's Avatar
    Several have suggested it may be the SD Card causing the issue. Well, last week I got a message that my Samsung brand SD Card was corrupted and suggested a format. I don't know if that brilliant advice was from Samsung or Android but have they ever heard of chkdisk /f ??? That recovered all but 7 of my 300+ videos and pics.

    Anywho... I have been driving to/from work with no SD Card in my phone and the GPS is no better/worse. With this problem being spread across multiple carriers and versions of Android / ROMs, it's gotta be a hardware issue.
    04-10-2015 08:06 AM
  7. cross157's Avatar
    Has anyone else who is experiencing GPS problems on the Note 4 rooted their phone? If so, I'm curious what your original gps.conf file looks like. I have been learning quite a bit about GPS in android and I'm seeing a dramatic improvement in the performance of my GPS by modifying the gps.conf file. If you have root access could you post your gps.conf and let me know which carrier you're using. Thanks
    04-10-2015 02:18 PM
  8. Dustin Golding's Avatar
    My Note 4 loses gps signal all the time. I miss exits all the time because it. Im an Uber driver in the DC metro area and this is a problem. Constantly has to load and takes minutes for it to find me again. The lollipop update has made it worse i feel.
    04-15-2015 10:35 AM
  9. khwang1409's Avatar
    Same problem but got it fixed by getting a new Sim card. I have the tmobile note 4

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-15-2015 11:23 AM
  10. Tommy Turner's Avatar
    had note 4 for 3 weeks and this 1st time using GPS for Navigation. Having same problem as everyone else. Here the strange part. My wife has LG G2 and it was doing the same thing.The only thing the 2 phones have in common is lollipop.

    I even done a factory Reset and still have the problem. However there is an app that seems to help. It is called GPS status. It really helped Google maps to keep a connection.

    I had talked to tech support. They suggested running Verizon navigator, if it worked then google and lollipop have an issue.They also recommended running google maps while in safe mode. If it worked then there would be a conflict with another APP.

    have not tried this yet.I believe this probably a software problem with lollipop. Since my phone is 3 weeks old and my wife's phone is a year and ahalf old and they suddenly developed the same problem after lollipop, but the app I mentioned did help,

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-16-2015 11:08 PM
  11. Tommy Turner's Avatar
    I may have solved the problem. The case I was using has a metal band around the edge and it was causing problems with the GPS signal.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-17-2015 10:33 PM
  12. RealShmalex's Avatar
    I may have solved the problem. The case I was using has a metal band around the edge and it was causing problems with the GPS signal.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Thanks for mentioning that, I'm also experiencing GPS signal losses and it takes a while to lock in. I bought my att note 4 from swappa, downloaded lollipop and it was working flawlessly. Currently using straight talk. Had no issues with gps what so ever... But after putting on the Spigen Neo Hybrid case with metal band my GPS is going thru tough times. I removed the case and GPS locks in in seconds. So hopefully those who have bad GPA signal try removing the save if it has any metal parts in it.
    04-20-2015 05:36 PM
  13. RealShmalex's Avatar
    I may have solved the problem. The case I was using has a metal band around the edge and it was causing problems with the GPS signal.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Thanks for mentioning that, I'm also experiencing GPS signal losses and it takes a while to lock in. I bought my att note 4 from swappa, downloaded lollipop and it was working flawlessly. Currently using straight talk. Had no issues with gps what so ever... But after putting on the Spigen Neo Hybrid case with metal band my GPS is going thru tough times. I removed the case and GPS locks in in seconds. So hopefully those who have bad GPA signal try removing the casefirst if it has any metal parts in it.
    04-20-2015 05:39 PM
  14. cross157's Avatar
    VICTORY! 2 weeks of flawless GPS.

    What I tried:
    Removing SD card
    Removing case
    Factory reset
    Multiple GPS apps
    Compass calibration
    Rooted device
    Installed CyanogenMod

    GPS problems remained.

    What worked:
    Editing gps.conf file located in /system/etc. This requires a rooted device. Unfortunately I can't post my gps.conf file here because of the forum rules. If you have rooted your device and want you try this message me

    Update:
    After my experience with good GPS service the problem returned. I tried just about every conceivable setting in gps.conf. Finally I gave up and sent my phone into Samsung for repairs. I just received a message saying the problem was no PCS (personal communications service). They replaced the board component and I'm await its return. Bottom line, all the steps above ddin't work so I'm really hoping its fixed now.

    Update 2: Note 4 returned, Samsung didn't charge me a dime. 2 days so far with perfect GPS.
    04-21-2015 04:53 PM
  15. Elvin Pena's Avatar
    I want to share my experience with my Note 3 GPS never locking on to the GPS satellite signal until I watched this video. (Android Central would not let me post a video link so I am going to leave the name of the video at the bottom). I know this is a Note 4 thread, but in principle it's the same problem and fix to your phones. I had the same problems as everyone else on my Note 3. I've read this thread from top to bottom because it was the first Thread I found about Samsung Note Phones GPS issues. I suspected all along it was an antena issue, but never thought a ground issue not making good contact could be the reason why I never had good GPS reception.

    Since the very beginning, I had a hunch that the problem was reception and had to do with the GPS antenna. I confirmed it when I installed the GPS test application and saw that the GPS satellite signal reception was very much weak and sporadic and it would never lock on or get a GPS fix.

    After watching this video I found on youtube, I ventured into opening my Note 3 and figuring out the antenna configuration, which pins where which antenna and so on. Also, I cleaned all contact points and ground points on the main board, casing, housing etc. After I put it all together, the son of a gun works Perfectly...

    On the video, this guy is working on a Gallaxy 3, but in essence, it's basically the same. If you go through all the trouble of opening up your phone, might as well learn what does what inside of it.

    Since I cannot post videos, here is the name of the video. Search for it. It's 21 minutes long, and it will show you how to troubleshoot and fix very easily with no special tools or training. Here is the name:

    "Galaxy S3 Gps Fix (When Screw Tightening Doesn't Work)"

    Watch it entirely, don't skip any part of it. The Devil is in the Details! Remember that phones are exposed to condensation, temperature changes, humidity etc.. In your pocket is gets bumped on, hot, cold, expand, contract, get bent, squished, get sweaty and so on. In short something within your phone is bound to get loose and corroded eventually. The video shows you how to figure out if it's Hardware or Software (more than likely hardware).

    I have functional GPS on my Note 3 for the first time in almost 2 years ! I'm sure it's the same assembly issue with the Note 4 as well. Sure hope this will help the majority of everyone else.
    04-27-2015 08:24 AM
  16. Andrew Blackburn's Avatar
    Lollipop problems with gps killing battery.... losing 5 hrs battery life every day with gps now enabled
    05-15-2015 08:14 AM
  17. kirksucks's Avatar
    The first time I used GPS after lollipop.. to get navigation to a venue, it completely failed me. Couldn't find location. I almost crashed trying to figure out what was going on.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-15-2015 09:17 AM
  18. natehoy's Avatar
    GPS never worked right for me in KitKat. Fast forward to Lollipop, and it worked a little better but not so great. Factory reset and things are much better.

    Also, I have turned off LTE Enhanced Services, which seems to have helped even a bit further.

    AT&T Note 4.
    05-15-2015 09:49 AM
  19. morjam401's Avatar
    I'm having the same issues and it feels worse after lollipop. 90% of the time it won't even get a lock. Then while driving it will constantly drop the signal. I have an unlocked at&t model I'm using on t-mobile. i bought it second hand so I don't know if warranty is an option. I don't know what to try? Anyone else have luck editing the GPS file that was mentioned a few posts up?
    05-15-2015 10:27 AM
  20. pantlesspenguin's Avatar
    I got a warranty replacement from T-Mobile today. It's back on 4.4 and I'm NOT going to upgrade to Lollipop on this one if I can help it! I navigated to work today and the signal didn't drop once!!! I'm really hoping it stays that way.
    05-15-2015 12:03 PM
  21. PainFX's Avatar
    I got a warranty replacement from T-Mobile today. It's back on 4.4 and I'm NOT going to upgrade to Lollipop on this one if I can help it! I navigated to work today and the signal didn't drop once!!! I'm really hoping it stays that way.
    I got the T-Mobile version also. But my navigation works fine. I think if your 4g signal is weak, it can pay a role.
    05-15-2015 12:57 PM
  22. Rezevoar's Avatar
    Hey everyone,
    I got my Note 4 from T-Mobile about 2 months ago and GPS navigation never worked. I waited for Lollipop to see if that would help, but unfortunately it didn't. Finally I took it in to T-Mobile and they sent me a replacement. I got the phone yesterday, it was still on Kit Kat, so I tried GPS and it locked on right away. I upgraded to Lollipop and tried GPS again, and it locked on perfectly fine. Went for a drive using navigation, and again no issues anymore.

    I know some people said they have gotten replacements, but I just wanted to share my experience and let you know that a replacement MAY help, so I wouldn't pass up on that if you haven't taken it in to get looked at and you've tried almost everything else. Good luck to everyone!
    Sammuel1973 likes this.
    05-16-2015 02:06 AM
  23. gcharma's Avatar
    Hi all, couple things:

    - cross157, would you mind just posting the content of your gps.conf file? It'll save you the hassle of having to repond to a bunch of PMs.

    - I've come across some fastboot commands that seem to help other users on Cyanogenmod ROMs - unfortunately, since Samsung phones use the ODIN system to control ROM locading and such, fastboot commands aren't available. Any smart folks out there perhaps able to write up how one might (if it's even possible) run the following via a terminal emulator? Can't hurt.

    fastboot erase modemst1
    fastboot erase modemst2

    More info here: [can't post a link here, but search "CM12 (and other L roms) GPS FIX" on XDA for the original post; it's under the LG G3 forum]
    05-18-2015 06:34 PM
  24. johnc60123's Avatar
    ***GPS ISSUE SOLVED****

    New Samsung Galaxy Alpha user here.

    My GPS worked for a while...then suddenly started saying "GPS signal lost" every few minutes...plus all the other buggy malfunctions people have been posting in this thread. It was absolutely maddening. Was ready to return the phone to best buy for a refund.

    Long story short - I bought an aluminum bumper case that went around the sides of the phone. As a last ditch effort I removed the bumper and tried GPS. IT NOW WORKS FLAWLESSLY. I used the GPS the entire day without so much as a blip. With the aluminum bumper case on, the GPS is useless. WOW.

    Strangest part is - the Galaxy Alpha has an ALUMINUM SURROUND FRAME from the factory! Who would have thought that another (albeit thin) aluminum surround would seriously interfere w the GPS hardware!

    Hope this helps another GPS tortured Galaxy soul :-)
    05-19-2015 08:03 PM
  25. dlrogers81's Avatar
    I've noticed I have a hard time gaining a GPS signal on Endomondo and often it loses signal and then restores...just frustrating when trying to be accurate on my morning runs.

    Sent from my Galaxy Note 4 using Tapatalk
    05-19-2015 08:13 PM
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